American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • MA, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking ONE Park Ranger / Maintenance Fellow to help with a diversity of projects that support both the visitor services and biological programs at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Northeast Massachusetts, and the Great Bay NWR in Newington, NH.

This Fellowship is a rare opportunity to challenge and enhance both your communication skills and conservation training by gaining practical experience in a variety of program areas on a National Wildlife Refuge. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a background in wildlife biology, natural history, interpretation, or maintenance, and a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource stewardship on our public lands. Working as a member of the refuge team, the Fellow will be helping with a diversity of projects ranging from trail/boardwalk maintenance, visitor services and fee collections, to invasive plant control and endangered species management.  In order to ensure a well-rounded experience the intern will also assist with natural resource management activities involving maintenance of a breeding pen for New England Cottontail, regular shoreline clean-up events.  This will allow for an all-around view of the work the US Fish and Wildlife Service does for wildlife and people in the Northeast.


Start Date: May 29, 2018 (flexible)

End Date:  (36 weeks from start date)

Location: Parker River NWR, Newburyport, MA

Project Website: For more information about Parker River NWR, please visit For more information regarding ACE, please visit

Housing: Refuge housing is available at Parker River NWR house or dorm at Great Bay NWR

Compensation: The ACE Intern will complete 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $600/week paid out biweekly. On site housing is available at no cost to the intern.   

PLC Competitive Hiring Authority: This position is authorized by the Public Land Corps (PLC) Act of 1993 and expanded by the Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013. Interns who meet basic requirements during their term of service may be eligible to receive their Noncompetitive Hiring Eligibility Certificate to be used when applying to future federal jobs. Requirements are: (1) Intern must be between the ages of 18 to 30 and (2) Intern must complete at least 640 hours on a federally approved PLC Project. More information can be provided upon request. 

Position Description:

Primary duties of the Park Ranger / Maintenance Fellow will include:

  • Assist with conducting surveys and monitoring of natural resources
  • Collecting entrance fees, selling recreational passes, and answering visitors' questions at the refuge gatehouse
  • Participating in special events to promote the refuge and its mission, and staffing the public visitor facilities (such as visitor center)
  • Perform light maintenance (painting, trail clearing, boardwalk repair, lawncare, spreading gravel/stonedust, etc) and assist maintenance staff with larger scale projects as needed
  • Assist with other biological work (plover management, bird and plant surveys), and other Refuge work (e.g. public outreach) as opportunities and interest allows.
  • Assist with special events, public outreach, and interpretative programs as opportunities and interest allows
  • A June training may be provided on agricultural tractor to assist with habitat specific mowing practices

Physical Requirements: This internship position requires physical exertion such as walking long distances over wet and rough surfaces while carrying up to 40 lbs; bending, crouching, stooping, lifting or reaching. Hand and finger dexterity and physical coordination may involve fine and precise procedures, delicate adjustments or exact measurements.

Work Schedule: Duties will primarily be carried out Monday-Friday, but may include some Saturday and holiday work during the summer.  This intern may have projects that begin very early and/or go late into the day and may have weekend duties as well. Bi-weekly totals should not exceed 80 hours.  Time off will be granted.

Equipment Use: The Refuge will provide a vehicle and the tools required to accomplish the tasks the Intern is asked to do. Training will be provided for all equipment that the Intern is asked to use, such as ATVs, UTVs, boats, or agricultural tractors. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be mandatory for any activity that requires it.  A valid state driver's license is required.

Position Environment: Duties are performed both indoors and outdoors. Temperature and weather extremes can be encountered in the performance of outdoor duties. The intern is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/interns or resources. The intern will be working outdoors and may be exposed to heat or cold, high humidity, stinging and biting insects, and inclement weather.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree (or be pursuing towards a degree) in ecology, natural history, environmental education, outdoor recreation, botany, natural resource management, or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement. 

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • At least 21 years of age (as required to operate ACE or Agency vehicles). PLC eligibility for those 30 years of age and under 
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide such documentation; 
  • A personal vehicle is required for off-duty hours due to the distance of housing to office and stores
  • Strong writing, communication and organizational skills.
  • Strong pubic speaking skills
  • Enthusiasm for interacting with people and learning how to assist visitors to ejoy refuge resources responsibly through interpretation, customer service, and facility
  • Ability to multitask and shift schedule and priorities to meet changing conditions.
  • Commitment to completing tasks thoroughly and on time. 
  • Ability to complete tasks independently and work well in a team
  • Ability and interest in working in the field with variable weather conditions and ability to lift 40 lbs and walk long distances over uneven, wet surfaces. 
  • Skills and abilities to resolve a full range of problems or situations when performing a variety of tasks in a field or office setting.
  • The intern must be willing to represent ACE and the USFWS in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner. 

 To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:


NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC USFWS Recruitment Supervisor, Melissa Early, 801.573.8984 or

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